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Harrison Scholars Thread

adam7261adam7261 64 replies26 threads Junior Member
edited April 2007 in Miami University - Ohio
Anyone else know when they were/are going to be sent? I know it says they will notify finalists by December 22. I'm pretty nervous.

Good luck!!
edited April 2007
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  • aussiek517aussiek517 321 replies4 threads Member
    From what I've been told, they had to mail the letters by the 19th. They had some sort of delay while printing Honors materials, so I doubt letters were sent any earlier. I personally got my letter the Friday before winter break if that helps. Good luck to all of you who applied, and hopefully I'll see you in February! I've heard that the finalists are phenominal this year.
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  • nathanTX07nathanTX07 632 replies31 threads Member
    I applied and am waiting. Good luck to you adam7261!
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  • OhioGolferOhioGolfer 56 replies10 threads Junior Member
    aussiek -- the letters also cover University Honors and Oxford Scholars for ED applicants who submitted Harrision app, is that correct?
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  • adam7261adam7261 64 replies26 threads Junior Member
    nathan---where in texas?
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  • nathanTX07nathanTX07 632 replies31 threads Member
    Corpus Christi area. Actually I live in a small town called Portland (population 16,000) but I go to school 25 miles away on the other side of the Corpus area in an area called Calallen (which isn't really a town, but I don't know how to explain it).
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  • aussiek517aussiek517 321 replies4 threads Member
    The letters should cover Honors applicants from the first deadline (assuming they figured out the printing issues), but I don't know about Oxford Scholars.
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  • adam7261adam7261 64 replies26 threads Junior Member
    Hey NathanTX how'd the Harrison Scholar thing work out for you?

    I didn't get a letter :-( so I'm guessing I was not chosen which is a shame because I was looking forward to going to Miami and thought I met the average Harrison scholar profile. They must have had a very nice applicant pool this year.

    Good luck!
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  • nathanTX07nathanTX07 632 replies31 threads Member
    I didn't get a letter; this could be a function of my distance from campus so I'm not going to give up for another few days. My admissions decision from Notre Dame was sent on December 14th and arrived here on December 19th, so my letter from Miami was either going to arrive today or just after Christmas assuming one was sent on the 19th. (however this logic does not seem to apply to this area, as my decision from SMU took the same amount of time to get here as Notre Dame's did and my decision from TCU took 8 days to arrive from the postmark date!)
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  • nathanTX07nathanTX07 632 replies31 threads Member
    I got the Harrison Scholar thing today! I'll be in Oxford on February 11 and 12!
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  • EricshEricsh 10 replies0 threads New Member
    I'm pretty sure that 85-90% of the Harrison Scholarships are given to Asians, African Americans, Hispanics, and Indians. I'm pretty sure that the program is the vehicle that Miami uses to get their 'diversity' targets achieved. In talking to a student at Miami who knows a majority of the H. Scholars, he said there were 3 or 4 whites that received it (and they were Jewish)..
    On a personal note, my daughter applied and her stats were 1550 on SAT, 238 on PSAT (best in nation), top 1% in HS, would be given 40 credits at Miama due to AP exams, and had 4.7 GPA,lots of extracurricular activity...Her problem ( I think), is she's white and doesn't have financial need)....She has better offers from comparable schools and will go somewhere else, but we're a little disturbed by the apparent discrimination....that's my two cents on the topic.
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  • nathanTX07nathanTX07 632 replies31 threads Member
    Ericsh, she didn't get the Harrison Scholarship? That is wrong on so many levels.

    As for me, I am hispanic, but my stats are quite similar to your daughter's (except I took the ACT - scored a 35). Still, I would think that she would get offered the HS.
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  • aussiek517aussiek517 321 replies4 threads Member
    Oh please, only about 1/3 of the students receiving Harrison scholarships in a given class are minorities. Some classes have higher yields of minorities than others. In my class, there are 22 of us, and only 4 are minorities (yes, that means that 18 are white...). In the year before us, slightly over half are minorities. It just depends on who comes to Miami; it's a little different every class. While I don't go around talking to students asking if they needed financial aid, I also know that many Harrisons do not have any financial need. As for your friend, I find it extremely hard to believe that he knows most of the Harrisons since *I* do not know most of the Harrisons in other years, and since most of the Harrisons that I know are white!

    Finally, grades and test scores are a small part of the application. Obviously, you have to have high enough grades/board scores to be considered, but once you're in the ballpark, ECs, volunteering, internships/jobs, and essays are more important. There are always 36 ACTs/high 1500 SATs that do not receive Harrison scholarships, and most of these students have very strong ECs, etc. Out of over 1000 applicants, only 43 scholarships are given-- that's more competitive than admissions at ALL of the Ivies.
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  • EricshEricsh 10 replies0 threads New Member
    well, I'd love to see the real statistics rather than the anecdotal discussion, as far as distribution by demographic group and performance for HS winners. There is a bias, whether you want to believe it or not; I just don't know to what extent.
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  • nathanTX07nathanTX07 632 replies31 threads Member
    aussiek, how difficult is it to keep a 3.5 at Miami? That's the only concern I see with the scholarship is the relatively high GPA requirement. I mean, one personality clash with a professor and you could be off scholarship.
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  • aussiek517aussiek517 321 replies4 threads Member
    I'll work on the stats breakdown for the students in my class. Will PM when finished. There's no noticeable difference in my class between white students and minorities in terms of stats, trust me. If you're OOS, that might have been a key factor.

    I only know one person who lost his scholarship until his GPA goes above a 3.5, but he really blew off his classes first semester. Everyone else has stayed above a 3.5. What's your major? (I'm German/zoology/pre-med). I hear it's pretty tough to keep a 3.5 in engineering, but it's very doable in every other major.
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  • nathanTX07nathanTX07 632 replies31 threads Member
    I'm planning on majoring in Finance. I should be fine, I think, but I don't know Miami's reputation for inflation/deflation/etc.
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  • EricshEricsh 10 replies0 threads New Member
    well that will be intersting, but still anectdotal...According to Miami website, 8.65% of the student body is 'multi-cultural'....if they are handing out 45 HS, and if distribution of the quality of all apllicants is the same regardless of race, you'd expect around 4 multi-cultural HS winners each year....if 50% of HS winners are multi-cultural, there is something else going on...either multi cultural applicants have a better average performance than non-multi cultural aplicant or the school itself is trying to achieve a certain goal at the expense of otherwise qualified applicants...My point is, reverse descrimination is just as abhorrent as 'regular' (whatever that is') discrimination.
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  • aussiek517aussiek517 321 replies4 threads Member
    That is also assuming that only 8.65% of the applicant pool is multicultural (it's higher; the yield just isn't as high), and that 50% of the students who receive HS are multicultural (it's lower). The percentage of minorities in the Harrison/Honors pool is higher than the percentage of applicants to Miami. I don't know the exact percentage, but Honors is much more diverse than the rest of Miami. (Personally I find it rather insulting to assume that I was somehow less qualified because I'm Asian).

    Nathan-- none of my Honors/Harrison business school friends have had an issue with getting a 3.5. See you in February?
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  • adam7261adam7261 64 replies26 threads Junior Member
    Miami has definetly allowed race to overtake their decisions for the Harrison Scholars. I am amazed that a 1550 SAT was rejected, I was quite upset about not being accepted into the program and i only have a 1490. I have what I ,and many other teachers and peers believe to be a "shoe-in" application for the Harrison Scholarship and I must admit its unfortunate that I was almost recruited to apply for the program by Miami and was very excited but now will not be going there :-\. Oh well, the joys of being middle class and white.

    Honest congrats to everyone here who got it
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  • aussiek517aussiek517 321 replies4 threads Member
    What you have to realize is that full-rides are MORE competitive than admissions at Ivies. (One of my friends at Miami did not recieve a HS, but she was accepted at Princeton-- that's actually quite common). There are over 1,000 applications for Harrison (there were 1,500 in my year), and only 40-45 students recieve HSs. Miami could very, very easily fill a class with only 35+ ACTs (1560+ SATs). But they don't. Every year, there are 36 ACTs and perfect SATs, NMSFs, and valedictorians who are rejected, and many times, these students are minorities. There is no such thing as a shoo-in applicant. You have to be stellar in every way, and race alone is not going to push you over.
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